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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment: A Treatment Guide (Quality Medical Home Health Library) Paperback – February 15, 1998


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Product Details

  • Series: Quality Medical Home Health Library
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (February 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312180667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312180669
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This reference guide is objective, comprehensive, and clear. It will be a valuable tool for all CFS patients. Every health-care professional who treats CFS should also have a copy of this book." --Dr. Thomas Steinbach, CFS specialist and internist, Houston, Texas

"I am going to recommend this book to every new patient I see. It is well balanced and complete. It is the best book I have read on this topic in yeras." --Dr. David Bell, CFS specialist, Lyndonville, New York and author of The Doctor's Guide to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

About the Author

Erica M. Verrillo was completing her doctorate before becoming ill with CFS in 1992.
Lauren M. Gellman was a vice president for a Fortune 500 Company before calling ill in 1987.

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Erica Verrillo was born in Rochester, New York on May 10th, 1953. Her parents, both classical musicians, named her after famed violinist, Erica Morini. Verrillo studied piano with her mother as a young child, and then flute with John Oberbrunner. At age seventeen she moved to England, where she played in the Oxford Symphony Orchestra and studied with Gareth Morris, principal flutist of the Philharmonia Orchestra. A year later she moved back to the U.S. where she attended New England Conservatory as a student of Boston Symphony Orchestra's James Pappoutsakis.

Verrillo finished her undergraduate education at Tufts University, where she majored in Latin American History. Soon after receiving her B.A. from Tufts, she set out to explore Latin America on foot, hitchhiking through Central America, over the Andes to Argentina, and finally to Brazil.

Verrillo returned to the U.S. to complete her M.A. in Linguistics at Syracuse University, after which she moved to Manhattan, where she taught English as a Second Language at the World Trade Center and at the New York Association for New Americans. In 1982 Verrillo entered SUNY Albany's Ph.D. program in Anthropology, where she became linguistic supervisor of the Albany-Chiapas project, an eighteen-month field project among the Chamulas of southern Mexico.

Living in Central America, Verrillo soon turned her energies to refugee aid. In 1984 she founded the Guatemalan Refugee Crafts Project, a weaving co-op funded initially by Seva Foundation. Over the next ten years, Verrillo earned $100,000 for the camps, supporting over 600 people.

In 1990, Verrillo resumed work on her Ph.D. at UT Austin, this time in Speech Communication, where she combined her knowledge of linguistics with anthropology. But, in 1992, after several bouts with tropical diseases in Guatemala, Verrillo fell ill with what was later diagnosed as chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).

In the mid-1990s, Verrillo teamed up with another ME/CFS sufferer, Lauren Gellman, to write what is now a classic in the ME/CFS literature: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide. Fifteen years later, she published the second edition of the work. Her research into treating the illness is ongoing.

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This book is one of the most highly informative books.
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It turned out to be the best book money I ever spent.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By tamara on August 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you buy just one book on CFIDS, make it this one. The authors cover just about every CFIDS symptom imaginable along with suggested treatments and the treatments' pros and cons. Added bonuses include a cataloging of medications and natural remedies used to treat CFIDS with notes on possible side effects. I found discussions of even my wackiest symptoms, those I thought no one could ever possibly understand (including the "sensory storm" which a previous reviewer mentions). The authors are CFIDS sufferers themselves, so reading the book is like talking to an extra-knowledgeable and empathetic friend. As a previous reviewer mentioned, this impressively researched and thorough book is a great one to bring along to the doctor.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Stephen A. Dorr on September 8, 1999
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I think that I have read them all and this is one of the better ones. If one cannot adequately desribe what a symptom is like to a health care provider, take this with you. For example the sensory "storm" on page 116 clearly defines in one paragraph a phenoma that the patient and physician can both understand. The pros and cons of each treatment possibility makes one a better informed consumer of health care. If you read this you will know what to expect.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 1999
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When diagnosed with CFS, I didn't know anything about it. I immediately decided to learn all I could about this syndrome, and this book provided more information than I ever hoped for. The authors truly understand what it is like to have CFS, and absolutely validated my feelings and symptoms. The book offers information about prescription drugs, herbal remedies and vitamins that is thorough and helpful. I am glad to report that I am feeling much better after taking some of the recommended supplements, which are not mentioned in any of the other literature I found on this subject. If you are going to buy one book about CFS, this is the one to get. It's the only one you'll need.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By tamara on August 27, 2000
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If you buy just one book on CFIDS, make it this one. The authors cover just about every CFIDS symptom imaginable along with suggested treatments and the treatments' pros and cons. Added bonuses include a cataloging of medications and natural remedies used to treat CFIDS with notes on possible side effects. I found discussions of even my wackiest symptoms, those I thought no one could ever possibly understand (including the "sensory storm" which a previous reviewer mentions). The authors are CFIDS sufferers themselves, so reading the book is like talking to an extra-knowledgeable and empathetic friend. As a previous reviewer mentioned, this impressively researched and thorough book is a great one to bring along to the doctor.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Gail Kansky (gailronda@aol.com on June 11, 1999
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This book is one of the most highly informative books. If more patients read it, we would be fielding fewer questions! Gail Kansky President, National CFIDS Foundation, Inc.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mark Leavitt on July 11, 2004
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This book is great and should be part of your CFS library. However, it was published in 1998, a new edition needs to come with upated information. There is plenty of revised and new information that has occured with CFS in the last 7 years.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By larwls81@dmrtc.net on October 30, 1998
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My doctor recommended this book to me to better understand my chronic illness. (he even carries a copy with him.) It turned out to be the best book money I ever spent. It is the best overall informative and understandable book about CFS that I have added to my collection in the five years since my diagnosis. It is a must for those individuals trying to learn more about what is happening to their bodies and coping techniques to deal with this chronic and debilitationg disease.
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